David Domingo to perform at April 26 Kaleidoscope

Check out a recent interview with Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival music director David Domingo. He was interviewed in the Dec. 16 edition of the Independent Tribune. He will be one of the musicians performing at the April 26 festival in downtown Kannapolis. Here is the interview for a recent show he organized:david domingo

By Michael Knox | mknox@independenttribune.com

CONCORD, N.C. — David Domingo is a big fan of Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and he hopes to bring that vibe to the Davis Theatre with his production of the Fuzzbucket Music Company.

Keeping in the flavor of “A Prairie Home Companion,” Domingo’s group of musicians even features Ethan Uslan, who has played on the NPR favorite.

The first place winner of the 2007 World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest, Uslan has performed on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion” as well as various concerts and festivals nationwide.

Uslan studied classical piano as a child in South Orange, N.J. and later majored in classical piano performance at Indiana University. All the while, Uslan secretly harbored a ragtime addiction and complimented his classical piano studies by learning to play like Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton and George Gershwin. He also developed formidable improvising skills while accompanying “Full Frontal Comedy” – a comedy troupe that staged live improvised musicals based on audience suggestions.

He will be among the crowd of performers that joins Domingo on the stage Thursday at the Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S., Concord. This contemporary version of the old-fashioned variety show is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased at the box office or by calling 704-920-2753.

The Fuzzbucket Music Company will feature ragtime piano, country, gospel, folk, acoustic, R&B, alternative and a barbershop quartet among other acts.

Organized by Domingo, a professional musician who has been playing in bands since he was 10, said most of the musician who will be playing at the Davis Theatre he met through other gigs and shows he’s performed at.

“I grew up around professional artists and musicians,” Domingo said. “I stayed involved because it’s the only thing I know how to do. I am terrible with a hammer or a wrench.”

It was while he was playing a gig at the Old Stone Vino restaurant in Kannapolis that he got a chance to perform at the Davis Theatre. Noelle Rhodes Scott, president and CEO of the Cabarrus Arts Council, saw Domingo perform at Old Stone and invited him to develop a show.

“I jumped at the opportunity,” he said. “I am hoping to generate interest in a local Grand Ole Opry style show. It would be great if it became a regular fixture in the local music scene.”

Also in the lineup with Domingo and Uslan will be Jordan C. Minor, who has performed in the group Old Rusty Mandolin and will be playing bluegrass banjo and guitar in the Fuzzbucket performance. Shane Manier will perform as a poet, and Jim Cooper will play 12-string guitar.

“I am very inspired by the classic Americana sound of the ‘Prairie Home Companion’ production brought to the stage,” Domingo said. “It is something that I would like to pay tribute to on stage.”

For Domingo, this is a project that showcases the team he has created over the years.

“The Fuzzbucket Music Company was an idea that started when I was performing with musicians in Florida about 10 years ago. It’s been a growing roster of musicians that record and perform together,” Domingo said. “Each show can have a different number of performers and a variety of musical styles. We perform anything from gospel, funk, blues, alternative, rock, folk, reggae, calypso, Italian opera.”

Domingo himself plays a variety of styles, having been influenced by the Beatles, Elvis and Prince. As a full-time musician he works six days a week playing at places like Old Stone Vino as well as playing music for senior citizens in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and rehabilitation centers.

“My experience is that life as a working musician has not been hard for me at all, and I have always been fortunate to have steady work,” Domingo said. “I bring to my work day the same philosophy that I practice in life. Each day is a blessing that is full of endless possibilities.”

For more information on the Fuzzbucket Music Company visit http://www.fuzzbucketmusic.com/